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Review Film: Zombieland (2009)

Zombie, ya, zombie. Sebuah objek (atau subjek?) yang seringkali diangkat ke layar kaca sebagai inti dari film horor. Belakangan ini, film zombie juga menjadi trend tersendiri, silakan ingat kembali, berapa banyak film zombie yang masuk bioskop (atau nggak masuk sehingga ujug-ujug sudah ada aja dvd-nya di ITC Kuningan) dalam 5 tahun terakhir ini. Beberapa film mengangkat zombie sebagai sebuah topik inti dari dari film horor, bagaimana seorang jagoan bertahan di tengah-tengah serangan ribuan makhluk mengerikan. Beberapa justru mengangkat tema bertahan hidup tadi dengan caranya sendiri, dari yang satir seperti Dance of The Dead (2009), Shaun of the Dead (2004) hingga yang super nyeleneh: menjadikan zombie hewan peliharaan di film Fido (2006).

Jadi, tidak heran kalau di tahun ini, muncullah film seperti Zombieland. Film yang sebelum dirilis juga cukup menghasilkan hype yang sangat besar, hingga ketika dirilis film ini pun bisa menduduki peringkat box office tertinggi untuk film zombie, mengalahkan remake Dawn of the Dead (2005). Kalau begitu, sebagai seorang pecinta film zombie, wajar dong kalau film ini menjadi film yang sangat saya tunggu. Maka, hari ini, di tengah hari istirahat saya pun menyempatkan diri menonton film ini di sebuah bioskop di kawasan Sudirman.

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Weekend yang sangat langka

Weekend yang sangat langka. Karena untuk pertama kalinya musim ini, ketiga klub yang saya dukung menang semua! West Ham United pesta gol ketika mengalahkan Burnley 5-3 hari Sabtu (28 November 2009). Carlton Cole, Guillermo Franco, Luis Jimenez, Junior Stanislas dan Robert Kovac semua mencetak gol. Di Minggu malamnya, FC Barcelona menghantam rival abadinya Real Madrid 1-0 dalam pertandingan yang berjuluk El Clasico, berkat gol dari Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Terakhir, AC Milan mengandaskan Catania 2-0 lewat gol cepat di injury time yang dihasilkan Klaas Jan Huntelaar. 2 gol ini juga menjadi pemecah telur bagi Huntelaar yang belum pernah mencetak gol bagi AC Milan di musim kompetisi ini.

That’s it. Cara yang tepat mengakhiri long weekend yang menyenangkan.


art is an escape

I’m so pissed off, so I started to pick up my guitar, threw some notes, played with it, and I felt a lot better.

During the course of my life, i’ve dealt with so many shit, these and those. But strangely though, I always managed to find my perfect escape: art. I remember when i was at junior high, I had some problem adapting at life at boarding school, so I began to draw a lot and learn how to play guitar.

Up to this day, I still find the beauty of creating something is the best way to deal with daily problem of being pushed from every direction. Thank you art for being such a great therapy for me.


My top 20 tracks from the last 3 months

So basically these are the tunes that accompanied me after exhausting those office hours. 3 months are relevant enough, therefore I guess I still love listening to any of these songs these days. This data is as testified by 😀

1. 3 Inches of Blood – Battles and Brotherhood
2. Steve Aoki – Shake And Pop (Feat. Kid Sister, With Green Velvet)
3. 3 Inches of Blood – Call of the Hammer
4. Job for a Cowboy – Regurgitated Disinformation
5. The Black Dahlia Murder – Christ Deformed
6. Yelle – Je Veux Te Voir
7. Coheed and Cambria – Welcome Home
8. The Black Dahlia Murder – I Will Return
9. 3 Inches of Blood – Rock In Hell
10. The Black Dahlia Murder – Death Panorama
11. Yelle – Amour Du Sol
12. The Black Dahlia Murder – Throne Of Lunacy
13. The Black Dahlia Murder – Eyes Of Thousand
14. 3 Inches of Blood – Silent Killer
15. Mr. Oizo – Minuteman’s Pulse
16. Job for a Cowboy – March To Global Enslavement
17. Himsa – Summon In Thunder
18. Yelle – Mal Poli
19. Killswitch Engage – Holy Diver (Dio Cover)
20. Brand New – Good to Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have to Do Is Die

Dominated by The Black Dahlia Murder, 3 Inches of Blood, and Yelle, hahaha… Hmm…i should make a mixtape 🙂


Lite: An Interactive Art Installation by Adityo Pratomo

So finally, after all the hassle, limited time, and any kind of obstacles, I’ve managed to finished my interactive art work and exhibited it in an exhibition named Resonance. Resonance itself is a exhibition that exhibited interactive art and video art, and this is part of Helarfest 2009. Totally, there are 11 works that displayed in the exhibition. You can read more about Resonance and also Helarfest 2009 in general, by clicking here .

Lite in action

Lite in action

So, now let me introduce you to my work, I name it “Lite”. In a brief, in this work, I create an environment for a generative audiovisual art to grow. Here, light is the main character. Light is used as an argument for the algorithm that will generate some form of audiovisual. Basically, by moving a light source in front of the computer, people can generate music and visualization.

Technically speaking, in this work I use Processing and Pure Data. Processing is used to track light source movement in front of the camera. The output of this, is the coordinate of the light source, in x and y coordinate. The value of x and y, is then used as an argument in Pure Data to generate frequency in a simple synthesizer/16 step sequencer. In Pure Data, there will be 3 synthesizers that I made, one FM and one AM are used as a lead part while one simple Sine oscillator is heavily low passed and used as a low

frequency part of the sequence. How 2 values (x and y) are used as an input to the 32 frequency of the synthesizers are purely algorithm. I used simple math between these x and y to make them generate specific frequencies that relies on their respective value. So, different light source position will generate different part from the Pure Data. Processing and Pure Data are connected through OSC protocol. The Processing code is based on a Brightness Tracking Code from the Processing Example, while the Pure Data sequencer is based on a lesson in Pure Data Floss Manual.

Personally speaking, this is quite an achievement for me. I’ve managed to finish my

second interactive art work (albeit a simple one) and this is my first ever exhibited work. Spiritually, I also think that finishing an artwork is a step ahead of finding myself as a complete human. Having said this, now I’m ready to create another installation. So, if anyone out there seek for collaborator, I’m more than ready to contribute.

This work will be exhibited until 30 October 2009 at CCF, Jalan Purnawarman 32, Bandung. So, if you happened to be in Bandung, then make sure you visit this marvelous exhibition.


How To Install Processing on Ubuntu

Now this one is more straightforward than Pd-extended. Just some easy steps. I perform this last night on My Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron on a 64-bit platform.

1. Download the .tgz Processing for Linux file that available at
2. Download and install the Java Runtime for Ubuntu that can be searched using Synaptic. I use Java Runtime Environment 6.
3. Download and install libstdc++6 also using Synaptic. I’ve read here that using libstdc++5 is also possible.
4. Extract the Processing.tgz.
5. Run the file “Processing”.

That’s it. 5 easy steps. Apparently the Processing official site told that Ubuntu 8.04 64-bit and the 7.10 is the testing platforms on their lab. So I believe this steps would also applicable in 7.10. I’m not sure can this also be done in other versions of Ubuntu. But, you can try it.

As usual, pls comment if you find something’s wrong here.



Installing Pure Data Extended on 64-bit Ubuntu

Okay, it’s 11 PM right now, i should get some sleep. But, before I go to sleep, here’s some step for you who want to install Pure Data extended or Pd-extended, to abbreviate, on a 64-bit Ubuntu (I use Hardy Heron, so I don’t know if other version would work). There’s no Pd-extended installer for 64-bit system in Pd official site, but believe me, this way would work. Just done it myself 🙂
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